Terrence Romeo admits he's praying to hear from Tab Baldwin on Gilas call-up
For the second successive conference, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort has been among the top scorers in the PBA. Czar Dancel

FOR the second straight conference, Globalport shooting guard Terrence Romeo is showing the way among local players as far as scoring is concerned, reinforcing even more his possible inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas pool that will be trained and prepared for the qualifying tournament of the 2016 Rio de Jainero Olympics.

The 22-year-old pride of Imus, Cavite is currently averaging 21.33 points per game as he lands in the Top 10 in the scoring deparment of the current Governors Cup in the company of seven imports.

His offensive exploits has made many believe he’s a shoo-in in the 26 player-pool Gilas coach Tab Baldwin had already named but is still being withheld.

For Romeo though, he’d rather not expect at the moment and just wait for the official announcement to be made.

“Hindi pa ko nakakausap sa Gilas pero hindi ko pa nasisiguro 'yun. Sa ‘kin hanggat hindi pa sigurado, hindi ko pa paniniwalaan yun,” said the former UAAP Most Valuable Player.

But he did admit playing for the national team has been one of his biggest dreams.

“Kasama sa prayers ko lagi 'yun (ang mapasama sa national team). Ano 'yun, kumbaga malaking dream ko 'yun. Pero sabi ko nga, nasa kanila pa rin 'yun kung deserving talaga ako,” he said.

There was excitement in Romeo’s eyes when he revealed to Spin.ph that former GlobalPort coach Eric Gonzales informed him about coach Baldwin asking from him the phone number of the GlobalPort star player.

“Si Coach E, sinabi sa akin na kinuha yung number ko (ng taga Gilas). Pero wala pa namang tawag sa akin,” he said.

“Pero yung motivation ko lagi namang andun. Sana makasama talaga ako,” added Romeo.

The forme Far Eastern University stalwart admitted that since a possible stint with Gilas was first brought up to him, he has taken it upon himself to religiously work on other facets of his game, especially hiss passing skills.

[See Is Romeo a good fit for Gilas? Not until he shifts to point guard, say fellow players]

KG Canaleta, the former Gilas forward and Romeo’s teammate with the Philippine 3x3 team that competed in the Fiba world 3x3 championship, admitted not being surprised by reports that the shifty Globalport guard is being considered to become part of Gilas team seeing action in the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship set this September.

“Kung totoo na kasama siya, hindi na ko magugulat dyan. Expected ko na makakasama yan. Kasi magaling naman talaga si Terrence. Saka malaking bagay ang bilis nya dun (sa international tournaments),” said Canaleta.


“Saka totoo ang laro niya, maliit pero magaling talaga kasi shifty siya, mahirap bantayan. Saka siya talaga ang fastest rising guard ngayon sa PBA,” added the Tarlac high-flying forward.

Nino Reyes, the handler of Romeo, is confident the high-scoring guard will make the Gilas main pool owing to his skills and talent.

“I think he fits the needs of the team. Terrence is a good ball handler, he can create for his teammates and he has a deadly outside shooting not to mention his superb slashing prowess. He’d bring a good dimension to the offense of the team,” said Reyes.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios bared that the initial 26 lists of pro players considered for the Gilas pool is still subject to last-minute changes.

“Adjustable pa 'yang list na 'yan eh. Kasi alam ko gusto pa niyang (Baldwin) makita ang third conference kasi pwede pa siyang magpasok ng ibang players na magpapakita ng maganda ngayon,” said Barrios, who said he himself has not even seen the list made by the Gilas mentor.

“Sa totoo lang, 'yang Gilas na 'yan nasa backburner pa 'yan. Mas inuuna namin yung preparation ng team sa SEA Games. Tapos we want to give the players full focus pa sa mother teams nila sa ongoing PBA conference,” he added.

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